Old Streets.


We arrived in Florence, Peterola Aeroporto at 11:00 am. Easily hopped the tram after purchasing our ticket. This took us right to Centrale Stazione Maria Novello. Our AirBnB was right around the corner, one block, from here. After a long travel day, it was nice to unpack, refresh and regroup for our afternoon sightseeing. 

We headed over to the Mercato Centrale for some eats and gelato. We also spent the afternoon wandering around in order to get our bearings. On our way back to the AirBnB, we made a quick stop at the local grocery, Carrefour for some morning provisions and water. 
Note to the Americans reading this… this is Europe. Bring your own bag to carry things home and weigh out your fruits and veg on the scales provided, if you are allowed to do so (market stalls will NOT appreciate you man handling their fruit). You will need to adhere the scale ticket on to the bag as well.  
*Don’t forget the prosciutto. You will never have this good or cheap again.*

Our Airbnb was down the road from the Basilica Santa Maria Novella and it’s associated piazza. The square is flanked by two large obelisks that are supported by the backs of tortoises.  The Basilica is faced with green and white marble and is Florence’s primary Dominican church. The interior is reverent, dark and invites the visitor to reflect and light a candle. The history of this church in lengthy and the art inside should be visited at night and during the day.                               

The square has a few lovely restaurants and a fantastic little cafe, L’Angelo Del Gelato. I am not sure how it ranks with locals, for these Americans- it was fine and the location couldn’t be beat. This became our gelato location most evenings. Walking there after dinner was a good excuse to round out the step count to an even 20k most days. Night one in Florence did not disappoint.

Via Santa Caterina da Siena, 3, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy

#Aeroporto di Firenze-Peretola
#Amerigo Vespucci Airport


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